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Teresa K. Patient Expert

Cedar Rapids, IA
I've worked in health care most of my life. I have a masters degree in nursing working most recently in a primary care clinic. My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in 1999.
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Still Waiting by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We are now at the local hospice home. Richard decided that he wanted to die here, not at home so here we are. It's a beautiful new facility. Everyone here is very kind and car ... Read on »
Another Friday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I'm writing this late at night. Richard continues to deteriorate. He eats nothing and drinks very little water. He has bruises all over his body. There's little conversat ... Read on »
Flowers by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Richard sent me these for Valentine's Day. Isn't he sweet? Read on »
Insurance Woes by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I can't say enough good things about Hospice. Everyone has been very kind and seems to know their job and how to do it. Richard still sleeps a lot. Fortunately, his pain remai ... Read on »
Today by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Again thanks for all the kind comments and good wishes. Richard is not as well today. He's had trouble eating and is more sleepy. This may be a side effect of his last ra ... Read on »
Update by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Klebsiella pneumoniae Richard spent Monday through today in the hospital with sepsis, a systemic bacterial infection. His blood cultured positive for a bacteria called ... Read on »
Hi by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I have lots to write about. My internet access has been limited this past week, so no way to post. I hope to catch up this weekend. I do want to mention another new blog ... Read on »
Friday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I'm really missing working. I was all set to start a new job last week but opted out since I don't really know how it's going to go with Richard. He started the high dose ... Read on »
Birthday Flowers by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Springy...is that a word? Read on »
New Myeloma Blog by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I found another new myeloma blog. Nick is forty and just starting treatment. Best to him and his family. Read on »
Next by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We met with Dr. W, Richard's local oncologist on Thursday. He outlined the high dose steroid regimen, emphasizing the potential for serious, life threatening side effects. ... Read on »
Happy Anniversary by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Today is our 38th wedding anniversary. Sad to say that it may be the last. But I am so grateful for the time we have had together. Read on »
Starting the Last Part by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We've returned from Mayo; most likely for the last time. Richard's numbers are all way off the chart. I'll add them at the end for those who,like me,like numbers. The deal ... Read on »
What's Coming by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Richard just received his appointment letter from Mayo for the 19th and 20th. Several tests have been added, so now it will be a two day ordeal. Again, there's the annoyi ... Read on »
Going Home by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As I said previously, Richard and I are here in Rochester, MN since October 25. Our son is coming on Tuesday for a visit and to give me a short break to go home!! I'm really ... Read on »
Transplant 102 by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Anyone who has a transplant is at substantial risk for infection while the stem cells are engrafting. Precautions to protect against infection include no houseplants, no fre ... Read on »
It's a new year.... by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Happy New Year and I resolve to get this blog caught up to the present! It's the start of a new year and reflecting on that, I'm grateful that Richard has seen the s ... Read on »
South Park Me by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I learned about this cute site from one of the other blogs I read. You can make your own South Park character. Now I'm not a big fan of South Park. In fact I have never w ... Read on »
Another crisis by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I don't remember if I mentioned that Richard had been having episodes of hematuria since he was hospitalized in November. A urologist saw him while he was still in the ho ... Read on »
For Cancer Girl by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Self starting baby toy or poltergeist? Read on »